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InfoPoint conference: Making Labour Migration Safe and Fair for Women in South-East Asia region

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With 10.6 million migrants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region - nearly half of whom are women, the area is theatre to a massive movement of people. If migration from one side offers considerable development opportunities to both countries of origin and destination, and to migrants themselves, from the other increases all kind of risks in particular for women and girls.

Violence against women migrant workers and trafficking are part of the broader spectrum of violence against women and girls. For migrant women, including survivors of violence, services are often not well equipped to meet their needs and are often not well coordinated among institutions, including police, criminal justice, health and social welfare services.

Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region started in 2018 and activities will come to an end on 31 December 2023. The action is being carried out in the ASEAN region in countries of origin (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Philippines and Viet Nam) and countries of destination (Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand). It is implemented by ILO and UN Women, in collaboration with UNODC, with the overriding objective of strengthening labour migration governance and address risks inherent in migration systems that can result in violence and trafficking, strengthen rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to violence against women and labour migration governance and support access to essential services.

Safe and Fair is part of the EU-UN joint Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global partnership of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations. The initiative is currently ongoing in 34 programmes, 26 countries, 6 regional programmes and 2 UN Trust Funds.

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  • Tuesday 5 December 2023, 11:00 - 12:30 (CET)

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Tuesday 5 December 2023, 11:00 - 12:30 (CET)
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